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Rudimental duo to get honorary degrees

Two members of the chart-topping group Rudimental will be back at their old university today to receive honorary degrees.

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden of chart-toppers Rudimental will receive honorary degrees from their old university today
Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden of chart-toppers Rudimental will receive honorary degrees from their old university today Credit: Press Association

Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, who graduated from Leeds Met in 2008, make up half of Rudimental, who topped the charts in 2012 with their single Feel The Love.

Last year their album Home, which features a string of stars including John Newman and Emeli Sand, debuted at number one in the charts, and in February this year, the band won their first BRIT award for Best British Single for their track Waiting All Night.

The pair, who graduated with BSc (Hons) in Creative Music and Sound Technology, will today be made Honorary Masters of Music.

Winter paralympian Jade honoured by her old university

Lincolnshire's Jade Etherington, who became Britain's most successful winter paralympian when she won 3 silvers and a bronze at this year's Sochi Games. is to receive a new honour later today.

Jade will get an honoray fellowship from Lincoln's Bishop Grosseteste University, where she graduated two years ago with a degree in Education Studies and Geography.

Britain's number one visually impaired alpine speed event ski racer will join around 850 students receiving their degrees today from the university

Winter Paralympian Jade Etherington will be honoured by her former university today
Winter Paralympian Jade Etherington will be honoured by her former university today Credit: Press Association


West Yorkshire Police Federation call for change in law on term time holidays

The West Yorkshire Police Federation, which has written to local authorities asking for special dispensation for some officers to take holidays during term time, is calling for a change in the law.

Ned Liddemore, vice chairman of the Federation, says he's echoing caals from Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

Mr Sheerman, former chairman of an influential parliamentary body now known as the Education Select Committee, asked demanded a parliamentary debate on the issue of schools dishing out fines for parents who take their children out of school during term time.

West Yorkshire Police request school holidays consideration

West Yorkshire Police say they've written to local authorities asking for officers to be given special consideration when it comes to taking holidays during school term time.

The police federation say operational duties often mean they cannot take holiday during the holidays.

Ned Liddemore, vice chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said some reasons this year were the Tour de France, court commitments, EDL demonstrations, the NATO summit and the need for more officers on the street during Christmas.

It comes after Humberside's Chief Constable was criticised for asking for dispensation for staff. The West Yorkshire force says they have not asked for total exemption, but for each case to be assessed on an individual basis.

Honorary doctorate for paralympian Hannah

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

West Yorkshire's world and paralympic wheelchair sprint champion Hannah Cockroft will receive an honourary doctorate today from Bradford University.

Hannah, 21, who is from Halifax, has overcome severe physical disability after suffering two cardiac arrests at birth to get to the top of her sport.


Council calls for College governors to be removed

The Department for Education has confirmed it has been asked to consider removing the governing body at a Bradford college

According to an Ofsted report, due to be published later this week, Carlton Bolling College is not protecting its pupils from "the risk of extremism" and should go into special measures.

The report said governors met the needs of Muslim students, but did not take sufficient account of other faiths. The chair of Governors claims the report is full of innacuracies. But Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green says the Government needs to step in and remove the current governing body.

Father warns against loom-bands craze

The latest craze to hit the classroom is loom bands - with children across the world making millions of them every day.

A dress made of the small coloured elastic bands sold for a staggering £170,000 pounds earlier this week.

But now a father from North Yorkshire has warned parents to be extra vigilant after he checked on his son - who went to sleep wearing them - and his fingers had turned black.

Helen Steel reports:

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